Weekly family rail, with tips for moms and babies, some great summertime movies for kids and more.
Tip of the Week
Protect yourself and your little one with these tips:
- Practice sun protection: Use a baby-safe sunblock with a high SPF that has no artificial colors or unnecessary chemical additives.
- Stay nourished: It is important to maintain your overall health, especially in the heat. Sufficient hydration is essential because a lack of fluids can cause heat exhaustion and improper digestion. For babies who are using infant formula, use something like Similac Advance EarlyShield, which is designed to support your baby's developing immune system.
- Refocus and recenter: Summertime is meant to be carefree. Allow yourself some alone time to unwind.
- Rest up: Hot temperatures during the summer months can cause fatigue. Nap time is not just for your little one. Force yourself to drop chores and nap while the baby does.
Family Screening Room
Looking for some good family-friendly summertime DVDs to keep the kids entertained? Check out this summertime six-pack, which was compiled by Kaboose.com:
- “Summer Magic”
- “Cheaper By The Dozen 2”
- “Surf's Up”
- “Everyone's Hero”
- “The Bad News Bears”
“The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel),” by Michael Scott
Ages: Young adult
Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders. But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent — the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it. If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic — Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.
Did You Know
According to FamiliesInCrisis.net, unwed mothers who attended religious services several times a month or more were two-thirds more likely to marry within a year of having a child out of wedlock than unwed mothers who attended religious services less frequently.
Kids Kitchen: Hawaiian Lemonade
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate (6 oz.)
1 can apricot nectar (12 oz.) chilled
1 can pineapple juice (12 oz.) chilled
1 can ginger ale (12 oz.) chilled
5 fresh pineapple wedges
5 lime slices
5 maraschino cherries
In a large bowl or pitcher, combine lemonade concentrate and 1 can of water. Add apricot nectar and pineapple juice. Slowly pour ginger ale down side of bowl or pitcher. Stir gently with an up-and-down motion to mix. Serve over ice with pineapple, lime, and cherries skewered on wooden picks. Serves 5. (CDKitchen.com)
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